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By Saba Gardner
With New Year’s Day drawing
closer, some University of Nebraska
Lincoln students may be looking for
ward to a night of partying.
Others may be worrying about the
effects the Y2K bug and a new mil
lennium will have.
Still others may be stocking their
cupboards with canned goods or
pulling all their money out of the
With talk of possible computer
crashes, some Lincolnites are wor
ried about their electric power being
cut off, their cars not working and
their money being lost.
But those people are carrying this
situation out of hand, said Jessica
Fuchs, a sophomore political science
major at UNL.
“I don’t think the new millennium
is really something for people to
stress out about,” Fuchs said.
“However, it’s not a bad idea to take
small precautionary measures like
saving extra money and stocking up
on water and toilet paper.”
At Sam’s Club, 4900 N. 27th St.,
keeping such items in stock is becom
ing a problem, said Sonny Coffinan, a
“We’ve seen people buying large
quantities of toilet paper, canned
goods and even pallets of water,” said
Coffman. “Customers are also wanti
ng generators because they are wor
ried about the loss of power.”
At Wal-Mart, 4700 N. 27th St.,
sales haven’t increased a lot for these
items, said Brock RetzlafF, a support
“There has only been a 5 percent
sales increase for these items,” said
Retzlaff. “We have, however, seen a
large increase in the number of sleep
ing bags customers are buying.”
If any problems do occur, they
will likely be caused by people’s reac
tions, said Dawn Christen, a junior
UNL biology major.
“There are only going to be prob
lems if a lot of people cause them,”
said Christen. “If everyone goes and
takes their money out of the banks,
that could cause serious conse
Most bank customers are not wor
ried, just curious about preparations
for Y2K, said Larry Pfeil, executive
vice president of financial services at
First Federal Lincoln, 13th and N
“With all of the media coverage
about how the financial industry is
ready for the millennium, most peo
pie are confident that their money is
safe,” Pfeil said. “We have been
preparing for over two years. We are
anticipating some extra cash with
drawals, but not much.”
Aside from the worry about the
effect on technology, there has been
discussion about its religious aspects.
Labeled as the end of the world by
some, the dawning of a new millenni
um has sparked panic for religious
Leland Freeborn, a Utah resident
named “The Parowan Prophet” by the
media, said that before the millenni
um changes, the United States will be
the target of nuclear bombs and
World War HI will break out.
“The judgments of WWIII will
wipe off the earth the phonies and
crud,” Freeborn said. “Then we will
begin the new millennium.”
Tom Barber, pastor for Extreme
Devotion, a UNL group, and Christ’s
Place Church at 1111 Old Cheney
Road, said he hasrr’t seen any of
Freeborn’s worries materialize at his
“Initially, members were worried
about the loss of electricity and com
puter crashes,” Barber said. “We
haven’t seen any fears on the theolog
All of the worry about Y2K and
the advent of the year 2000 has
caused people to forget about the his
torical aspect of the event, Barber
“We are focusing on the excite
ment of a new millennium, not the
Y2K bug,” Barber said.
“People aren’t thinking about the
fact that this is the turn of a new mil
lennium, not just a century. That is
why we are concentrating on the edu
cation and fun aspects of it.”
Teachers College meets expectations
TEACHERS from page 1
fill with every student in die classroom
was also a challenge, he said.
But in general, professors from the
Teachers College said, they were
pleased with the report because the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln had
already made significant progress in
some of the major areas.
O’Hanlon pointed to the college’s
selective admissions process as an
example of it being ahead in reform
“Certainly one of our strengths is
the quality of students we get,”
O’Hanlon said. “We start out with
some really strong students who have
made a commitment to preparing to
Tom Wandzilak, certification offi
cer and-director of field experiences in
the college, agreed, saying UNL did a
good job in its admissions process
because'of its strong recruiting.
Certainly one of our strengths is the quality
of students we get.”
dean of Teachers College
Another area that UNL shined in,
Wandzilak said, was in providing first
hand experience to its students.
“We are well ahead in that area,”
Wandzilak said. “Clearly, some of the
things we do are tied to increasing the
number of practicum experiences in
Chancellor James Moeser said in a
press release he felt the Teachers
College excelled in several areas. For
example, he said, UNL did a good job
in making sure its students were pre
pared before being hired as teachers.
Wandzilak said that the Teachers
College often received positive feed
back from schools that hired UNL stu
“To me that’s a good reference
point,” he said. “That makes a world of
difference and means we’re looked at
But Wandzilak said there is always
room for improvement.
“Quality-wise, I think we’re where
we need to be,” Wandzilak said. “In
general, I think we’re comfortable
where we are.”
Laser light and music create an art form
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Admission is $4 for a college stu
dent with an ID and $5 for adults and
high school students. Children can
get in for $3.
Dunn said admission for college
students is less because he knows col
lege is expensive, and college stu
dents are the prime audience for laser
Dunn, who has worked at the
planetarium since 1971, said he is
looking for a corporate sponsor to
“It really makes a difference if
students know about us,” he said.
Laser shows are not held in the
summer or December, other than a
couple of family shows, because not
many people are around, Dunn said.
Family shows are becoming more
popular. This past weekend saw seven'
Halloween shows that drew several
families to the planetarium.
Deb Attebery and her son, Nik
Schapoval, were at the planetarium
Sunday to see a Halloween show.
“I mostly come for the music,”
Attebery said. “It’s just kind of fun.
They play ‘Monster Mash,’ and all
ages can come.”
Attebery, a Lincoln resident, said
she went to a Halloween show before
and would like to attend the
Each year, the planetarium has a
Christmas show featuring the Omaha
musical group Mannheim
Schapoval, a third-year student at
Southeast Community College, said
he had been to the planetarium to see
laser shows for The Eagles and Led
Lincoln resident Barb Beasley
was also at a Halloween show Sunday
with her family.
“We always come to the
Christmas show,” she said. “We enjoy
the music and the lasers.”
There are several shows coming
up that Dunn said should be popular.
Dunn named some shows he expects
to be popular: Fleetwood Mac, The
Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails and
Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the
Moon” will be shown in November.
A schedule of the laser shows can
be found on the Internet at
Four UNL students work with
Dunn on the design and execution of
the laser shows, he said.
Dunn said the students are con
cerned about what audiences want
to see and sometimes put shows
together with music they don’t like
because they know an audience will
“We’re here to serve the audience,
not here to do what we like,” he said.
“In a market with a lot of things going
on, we have to be creative.”
Dunn said laser shows have come
a long way since the first one at UNL
“It’s definitely not the same show
that somebody’s parents might have
seen in the ’80s,” Dunn said. “It’s
Radioactive site case ruling overthrown
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The District Court did not have
jurisdiction on the case until US
Ecology’s license application was
officially denied, the opinion said.
The case was one of three cases
involving the construction of a low
level radioactive waste dump in
Nebraska and the five-state compact
agreement that ordered the site built.
Assistant State Attorney General
Linda Williard said Congress passed
a law in 1980 requiring states to
either develop radioactive waste sites
for their own waste or join together
into compacts to cooperate~on waste'
Nebraska joined with Kansas,
Louisiana, /vncansas ana UKianoma.
The four voted against Nebraska in
1989 to place the joint radioactive
waste site in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Legislature has
since voted to leave the compact.
A site in Boyd County was chosen
in 1989, but the construction was
stalled after protected wetlands were
found on the proposed site.
One lawsuit stemming from the
disagreement will decide whether the
State of Nebraska has the right to stop
radioactive waste exports from the
five-state compact, Williard said.
Another is a suit against the state
by US Ecology and producers of
radioactive waste in the compact
seeking the return of $91 million they
gave to Nebraska to build the site.
Williard said the majority of the
money went to US Ecology. About
$20 million went to the state to pay
for the licensing process, Williard
Nebraska is not alone. In the 19
years since Congress required states
to build storage facilities for their
own radioactive waste, none have,
been able to build a dump site,
Two states, Texas and California,
have come close to issuing licenses
for the construction of radioactive
waste storage sites, without issuing
the licenses, Williard said.
Nebraska currently ships its waste
to a storage site in Barnwell, N.C.
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